Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori feels Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant hasn’t got his tempo right during the recently-concluded T20I series between New Zealand and India. Vettori believes Pant hasn’t understood his role in the T20I cricket.
India completed a white-wash of New Zealand by winning the third T20I match by 73 runs. Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as the duo scored 50+ partnerships in all three games.
Pant, however, wasn’t at his usual best during the series. He remained unbeaten in the first two games and took India over the line but it didn’t look like that his timing was good.
Daniel Vettori also feels that Rishabh Pant didn’t get his tempo right during the series.
“He hasn’t got his tempo right in T20 cricket. He hasn’t quite understood his role, particularly in this series. Sometimes he is overly cautious and then he is reckless. It doesn’t feel like there’s a flow to his game. When you see a great T20 batsman batting well, it is all about flow, momentum and you feel that rhythm too. He hasn’t really got that yet,” said Daniel Vettori while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
He further mentioned that India has got few options going ahead if Pant doesn’t improve in the coming matches.
“I will be surprised if they (team management) don’t talk long and hard about what they expect from him (Pant). I think the onus is on him (Pant) to find the right tempo and the reality is if he doesn’t, they can look elsewhere. They look to Ishan Kishan and also know KL (Rahul) can keep as well in T20Is. I think they will give Pant the opportunity to find his rhythm, knowing that they can change pretty quick as well,” concluded Vettori.
After the T20I series, the focus will shift to Test cricket when the two teams will lock horns in the two-match Test series, starting from November 25.